Needs acid fertilizer; avoid warm locations
Needs good air circulation, bright light
Hanging-basket cultivated variety sometimes sold as Panicum variegatum Easily propagated from leaves; repot regularly
See Bromeliad; tough plant that can tolerate some neglect
Sticky exudate on fruits attracts birds in the plant's native habitat of New Zealand; strictly a foliage plant in houses Can be grown outdoors in milder climates
Produces a spongelike mass of roots at base; requires much water and regular fertilizing
Annual climbing vine; grow from seed
Needs regular watering and fertilizing
These plants absorb virtually all their water and nutrients through their leaves; they should not be placed in regular potting soil (regular potting soil usually kills them) nor should they be watered with high-calcium-content water; they produce offshoots that should be propagated as main plant dies after flowering
Stern-Jansky-Bidlack: I Appendices I 4. House Plants and Home I I © The McGraw-Hill
Introductory Plant Biology, Gardening Companies, 2003
House Plants and Home Gardening
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